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View of L'Anconetta, near Venice
Christie's Images Limited 2014
Studio of Wilson
View of L'Anconetta, near Venice
Oil on canvas
35.9 x 44.5 cm
14 1/8 x 17 1/2 in.
Private Collection
A view across the lagoon towards the city of Venice in the distance. On an island just offshore stand a small church among poplars and stone pines. A procession is entering it as two worshippers look on. In the foreground are figures and a prominent covered sandolo.
William Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech, KG, GCMG (1885-1964), Brogyntyn, Oswestry, Shropshire; Sotheby's London, 1 February 1956 (39), bt Wilton Gallery (27 gns); Sotheby's London, 17 June 1970 (2), bt J. Graffy (266 gns); Sotheby's London 4 April 1973 (44), bt by Oscar and Peter Johnson, Ltd, Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London; Christie's 8 June 2006 (59); anon sale, Christie's London, 30 April 2010 (70); Estates of J W T & S M F Tapp, Southborough House, Surbiton; Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Newbury, 27 June 2017 (7)
L'Anconetta is a small island near Marghera, near Mestre, on which the church of Sta Maria dell'Ancoinetta was built. The church and its community were dependent on the Patriarch of Venice.
D19 A Sandalo, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
D193 Studio of Wilson, The Island of Anconetta, Venice, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
E19 Roberts after Wilson, L'Anconetta, an Island near Venice, The British Museum
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P149 L'Anconetta near Venice, Private Collection, England
Wilson must have seen the church during his stay on Venice from October 1750 to July 1751. This painting is one of eight documented versions, of which the protype is that formerly in the collection of T.W. Bacon. This version is smaller but incorporates a slightly wider panorama. It omits the landing stage and boat to the right of the island.
WGC, p. 192, pl. 66a (version 5)
According to Drewatts & Bloomsbury 2017: Canvas has been relined. Evidence of old craquelure to the sky. Inspection under UV reveals evidence of retouching to the trees and the water. There are some further scattered patches to the sky. In good restored condition.